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Morgan Spurlock made quite the name for himself playing the human guinea pig in Supersize Me, but sadly his follow-up Where In the World Is Osama bin Laden felt like a good idea that just got lost. It may remind many viewers of how Michael Moore's third act in Fahrenheit 911 got a little confused and disjointed from his original message.

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold starts with an interesting premise of showing how cross promotion has infiltrated Hollywood movies and tv, which is something we already know. Spurlock starts out in an attempt to help us better understand how all this works by doing it himself to fund his own film.

Like many documentaries, you have a rough idea of what you're going to try to reveal or uncover, but the ending result usually winds up differently than you expected which is normally good. The only issue some may have with Spurlock's Greatest Movie Ever Sold is that it feels like his original missive was abandoned and turned more into a winking at the camera to show how easy it is to sell out in desperation to get funding for your dream project. It also shows how easy it is for your dream project to lose site of the original intent when trying to appease investors. Spurlock did a recent article in Entertainment Weekly where he showed a list of how to raise money for documentaries, and it pretty much followed what he did for this film.

Greatest Movie Ever Sold is certainly entertaining in seeing how easy it can be to become a huckster to pull in sponsors; however when Spurlock encounters some really good interview subjects it feels like it's off to the next stunt or meeting to raise more money before they can explain how we've become so bombarded with ads and product placement. One cool story is a Florida school that was so in the red that they've literally turned every inch of it into possible ad space. This is the closest we can learn of why he's doing this film, other than he's latched onto a familiar idea that we all are more than aware of without making us think too hard.

When Spurlock interviews movie makers like Quentin Tarantino and Brett Ratner, some viewers will hope to learn more about the process of product placement in movies and what they had to do to get this done, but it is just more general marketing information segment.

We do quickly see that while Spurlock is making fun of the corporate sponsors, he needs them to make his film. Spurlock allows us to see what concessions he did have to make for the film in what he could and couldn't say about the brands, but the most we learn about advertising is when he shows us MRI's taken of people when they are shown various ads so companies can better understand what works and doesn't work in the race to make more money.

Spurlock's last attempt at doing something more serious with Where In the World Is Osama bin Laden turned out to be a misstep. We can assume that if Greatest Movie Ever Sold does well at the box office, we can count on seeing more lighter style docs from him in the vein of his What Would Jesus Buy?, which he only produced but you could see his handprints all over it.

Movies are as memorable as the fleeting images they leave audiences. Aside from the heartfelt dialogue, spot-on movie score, and great acting, a movie draws its impact from a great location.

Filming locations in Los Angeles are among the most favorite places to shoot movies, commercials and even for photography sessions. Aside from the vast selection of sets, their proximity to production offices and studios provides convenience. In this article, we will be counting down the reasons why this city is the best place to search for film locations.

1. The possibility of finding a new location is endless!

Los Angeles is popular for its mix of urban and country-side. It is similar to looking at two sides of the coin. Film location scouts are often enthralled by the scenic views provided by the city, the same being drawn to building architectures and historical streets.

Filming locations in Los Angeles are not limited to white-sandy beaches or spacious green parks. There are a lot of residences that can be used for filming, whether it's for movies or for TV shows. Even simple downtown run-in diners or stores can also be used. The whole Los Angeles can be considered as one big studio filled with every area providing the best props and backgrounds the production need. A simple street is turned into an iconic filming location like Sunset Boulevard. Los Angeles is a gold mine for location scouts.

2. Filming locations in Los Angeles are fit for long hours of productions.

As the entertainment capital of the world, film shootings are a normal, everyday, thing. You would see numerous production teams set up in certain areas in the city. This is the reason why homeowners even consider residential filming location rentals as a good passive source of income.

Most of the areas in Los Angeles, including infrastructures, are designed to entertain longer hours (and days) of filming production. Those who offer their property for filming used even ensure their place to provide convenience in terms of equipment installation, parking, and amenities. Extra rooms are even open for the team to use as offices and sleeping areas.

3. The cast and crew don't need to go very far.

Most people who are in the filming industry lives in Los Angeles. The city is packed with production companies, studios, and entertainment centers. For both cast and crew, filming out of town extra effort to book flights days before they would shoot scenes, and booking accommodations. They also need to secure and ready the location to shoot. While a well-planned action can lessen the possibility of problems arising, flights and hotel arrangements may provide inconvenience. Delayed flights and reservation mix-ups can occur. There's also the weather to worry about.

Filming within the city can provide convenience from travelling and preparing items to bring. The team doesn't need to face blizzards since Los Angeles enjoys fair weather most of the time. It is more time-convenient too.

Filming locations in Los Angeles is indeed ideal. Scouts can only worry selecting the best spots where the whole team can feel most convenient with. The city is truly the best place to shoot movies.

"Edge of Tomorrow" is an action film based on the book "All You Need is Kill." The film stars Emily Blunt as a Special Forces soldier and Tom Cruise as Major William Cage, a reluctant infantry soldier. While at war with an alien species, Cage kills one of the alpha aliens and becomes trapped in time, reliving the same day over and over. With a chance to change the outcome of the day, he tries desperately to change the actions of others to make an impact on the war between humans and aliens.

Plot Summary

Set sometime in the near future, "Edge of Tomorrow" opens shortly after a race of aliens has invaded Earth. The aliens are known as "Mimics" because they have been able to mimic the strategies of the military, allowing them to invade Germany and most of Europe. On the brink of losing the battle, the U.S. develops special combat jackets that improve the chances of successfully overthrowing the control of the aliens.

The military gathers at Heathrow airport to prepare a surprise attack on the aliens. There, General Brigham orders an inexperienced soldier - Major William Cage - to report to the front lines with a camera crew to record the battle, which is expected to be successful. After Cage reuses, Brigham assigns him to J-Squad, an infantry division that will lead the attack.

Cage and the squad arrive on the west coast of France where the surprise attack is to take place. They are soon attacked by the Mimics who were waiting for them to arrive - seemingly able to predict all of their movements. Cage manages to kill a large alpha Mimic despite having limited fighting experience. He is then covered by the blood of the Mimic and blacks out.

Cage wakes up after the battle and relives the day of the confrontation with Brigham at Heathrow Airport. He repeatedly lives that same day over, with each replay ending with the same disastrous results. After trying various strategies to convince his comrades and superiors to abort the attack, he finds a Special Operations soldier named Rita Vrataski who believes him. With her help, Cage makes progress towards changing the outcome of the day.


Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise both perform very well in "Edge of Tomorrow." Tom Cruise proves once again why he has repeatedly starred in many of the most successful action movies. Although relatively new to the action genre, aside from her appearance opposite Matt Damon in "The Adjustment Bureau," Blunt keeps pace with Cruise throughout the film.

The nature of the film - the same day repeating over and over - allows the actors to make minor changes to their characters over the course of the film. Although the film involves Cruise and Blunt's characters seemingly meeting for the first time repeatedly, they develop an instant connection each time the day is repeated. This is due in part to their great on-screen chemistry.

Film Analysis

Despite the repetitive nature of the plot, "Edge of Tomorrow" has an excellent pace and several intriguing plot twists. The most exciting element of the "time loop" as it is called in the film is that something new happens each time Cage relives the events of the day. The first few repetitions feature only slight changes that barely impact the outcome. However, beginning in the middle of the film, the action picks up quite a bit.

The plot benefits from the unpredictability of each day's events, and the suspense at the start of each battle is almost unbearable. Just as the time loop begins to feel predictable, a major plot development takes place that completely changes everything.

The film's staggering $178 million budget is very apparent when it comes to the special effects. The battle scenes feature such large-scale destruction that it is difficult to take in the situation in its entirety. The film has a great balance of green-screen special effects and scenes that take place in various landmarks in Europe. The special effects also create a unique look for the Mimics that appear unlike anything else seen in other movies involving alien invasions.

In addition to an exciting plot and great special effects, "Edge of Tomorrow" has unique characters that set the film apart from others in the same genre. Instead of the male lead taking control, Cruise's character is at first ineffective at fighting and willing to do anything to avoid engaging in the battle. On the other hand, Blunt's character is assertive and capable of taking action. She makes the most difference in the ending of the film, which is a refreshing change, especially for the action genre.